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We've compiled a helpful list of guidebooks that complement Fodor's The Carolinas and Georgia 2000. To learn more about them, just enter the title in the keyword search box.Fodor's Compass American Guides: North Carolina: A full-color guide, providing in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of North Carolina.Fodor's Compass American Guides: South Carolina: A full-color guide, providing in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of South Carolina.Fodor's Compass American Guides: Georgia: A full-color guide, providing in-depth coverage of the history, culture and character of Georgia.Fodor's The South's Best Bed & Breakfasts: A guide to the best B&Bs of the South, plus suggestions on what to do once you're there.Fodor's Pocket Savannah & Charleston: The best of the cities for travelers who want the highlights.
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Destination The Carolinas and Georgia: The Incongruous South
To really experience the Carolinas and Georgia, you must let go of stereotypes; this is not a one-dimensional place. In the classic South, valued assets are stately old homes, rich recreational resources, and scenery that shifts effortlessly from tropical palms and sandy beaches to meandering roads and mountainsides. The states are home to many notable firsts: South Carolina's Beth Elohim Reform Temple was the birthplace of Reform Judaism in America, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was founded more than two centuries ago as the nation's first state institution of higher education.
The temperate weather draws people like moths to a flame. But if climate is king then construction is queen in the New South, leaving her mark on even the sleepiest backwaters. Consider Brunswick, North Carolina's southernmost coastal county, whose reputation was built around its pristine beaches, golf courses, and historic sites. Now, the number of building permits issued in Brunswick each year is rivaled only by that of Las Vegas.
Take what you want from these notions. The South, after all, writes Shannon Ravenel, cofounder of Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill, is a "state of mind." And should that state seem incongruous at times, well, that's all right. So what if a profusion of Atlanta road names include the word "Peachtree" (63 at last count)? Don't mind that Georgia calls itself the Peach State though South Carolina is actually the nation's largest producer of fresh-market peaches. And when North Carolinians call their town of Beaufort "bow-furt," while South Carolinians pronounce their Beaufort "bue-fert," just say no problem, and chalk it up to the South.
Time was when "dinner" in the South meant the midday meal the principal meal of the day and the lighter evening meal was known as "supper." But no more. Now, dinner is the last meal of the day and grits aren't just for breakfast anymore. In fact, dishes such as chili grits and shrimp with cheese grits are popping up as entrées on the states' most sophisticated menus. Purists can take heart, however, as there's still plenty of down-home cookin' (country ham and fried chicken, biscuits and corn bread, collard and turnip greens) to be had, and South Carolina's Lowcountry kitchens continue to ooze with she-crab soup, stuffed oysters, and pecan pie. Barbecue, which in the South is used as a noun, not a verb, is served in a stunning variety of ways, the meat (usually pork) dressed in everything from vinegar and red pepper to sweet mustard.
Southerners are surrounded by sun, history, and floriferous splendor, all of which come together in the region's gardens. Callaway Gardens in Georgia is one of the country's biggest, with 2,500 acres and a renowned butterfly center. Every April, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina hosts the Festival of Flowers, a breathtaking display with more than 50,000 tulips, hundreds of varieties of azaleas, dogwood and cherry trees, and a fragrance border. One of the oldest formal gardens in the United States is Middleton Place near Charleston. Founded in 1740, it took 100 men more than 10 years to lay out its 110 acres of symmetrical terraces and lakes.
Table of Contents
On the Road with Fodor's
Don't Forget to Write
Smart Travel Tips A to Z
Destination: The Carolinas and Georgia
The Incongruous South
New and Noteworthy
Pleasures and Pastimes
Festivals and Seasonal Events
The Coastal Isles and the Okefenokee
Elsewhere in Georgia
Georgia A to Z
The Outer Banks
New Bern and the Central Coast
Wilmington and the Cape Fear Coast
North Carolina A to Z
Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand
Hilton Head and Beyond
Columbia and the Heartland
South Carolina A to Z
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